When male model Josh Wald—whose handsome face and chiseled physique has graced campaigns for Gap and Dockers and walked the runways for Dolce & Gabbana and Versace—put his Greenpoint, Brooklyn, townhouse on the market for $2.5 million, we'll bet he never expected the internet to, uh, barf all over it.
New York City real estate blog Curbed wrote up the listing—as real estate blogs are wont to do—noting that: "As Josh has already figured out, there's more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking, and one of those things is buying a house, making it awesome, and flipping it for a 172% profit three years later."
The broker's notes point out the property's custom fixtures, top-of-the-range appliances, decadent bathrooms, and—be still our hearts—"one of the largest and most gorgeous dressing room and closet areas ever to be seen in New York!" (Come on, what did you expect—the house was renovated by a male model.)
And that's when the internet exploded.
To date, Curbed has received more than 145 comments on the post—most of them slamming Wald's renovations. Here's a sampling.
First, they hit the male model where it hurt the most—his facade:
The facade, in particular, is very very very bad, OMG! Terrible! I mean, shingles? And what is a 1950s WIDE suburban ranch window doing on a late-19th-century townhouse? And why do none of the windows have any trim? Why is there a fire-escape on a $2.5M house??????????And then they call it cheap:
Although better than its pre-renovated state, it is terrible. It looks (and is) cheaply done. I would not mind but for the HUGE price increase. Wald hopes for a massive mark-up but he did not spend the $$$, or hire the talent, which warrants such a return.The comments go on—and on, and on—you can read them all here.
The internet vitriol got so wild that it caught the attention of the New York Times—who went to visit Wald (and his brokers) at home.
"Yeah, I read it," Wald told the Times. "If someone seemed like they knew what they were talking about, then O.K., they can have a difference of opinion. But if it's just ignorant blabber, then it just seems like Web chat out of control."
When it comes down to it—"The house is my art project, and you're inside it. You can hang out in my art project," Wald said.
So yeah, if you like it, you like it. If you don't, well, don't buy the house, then.
We can tell you one thing we do like—Josh Wald. No complaints about his facade at all. Check him out in this video from his modeling agency, Wilhelmina:
Did you check out the real estate listing? What do you think about Josh Wald's house and his renovations? Feel free to objectify his facade in the comments below.